AQUASEA - tidal flow in estuaries and coastal areas - lake circulation - transport modeling of biological, radioactive, thermal, saline, or suspended sediment

AQUASEA Categories: coastal, lake circulation
 

AQUASEA Overview

AQUASEA is a software package developed to solve the shallow water flow and transport equations using the Galerkin finite element method. AQUASEA was first developed in 1983 to solve two-dimensional problems, and since 1992, it has been continuously upgraded and tested worldwide on the most difficult modeling problems. The latest development of AQUASEA is a version which runs in Windows 95/98/2000 or Windows NT. It has been specifically configured and compiled to provide maximum efficiency in model set up and fast model run times. The Windows environment provides not only a multi-platform capability but also an assured industry standard user interface for future developments. The AQUASEA model consists of the following two models: hydrodynamic flow model and transport-dispersion model.

The AQUASEA flow model can simulate water level variations and flows in response to various forcing functions in lakes, estuaries, bays and coastal areas. The water levels and flows are approximated in a numerical finite element grid and calculated on the basis of information on the bathymetry, bed resistance coefficients, wind field and boundary conditions.

The AQUASEA transport-dispersion model simulates the spreading of a substance in the environment under the influence of the fluid flow and the existing dispersion processes. The substance may be a pollutant of any kind, conservative or non-conservative, inorganic or organic salt, heat suspended sediment, dissolved oxygen, inorganic phosphorus, nitrogen and other water quality parameters.

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